Oh, please. Obama is actually lying, in case you haven't noticed. The result of his lies, if effective, will lead to how many deaths, how much economic destruction, how much human suffering? What do you think the purpose of a live speech is? Obama could have done this from the Oval office. He was counting on the Congress's sanction, and on the heavy weight of social convention to guarantee docility. I would call someone a liar if it would save one life. Of course if what matters is not lives but adherence to an arbitrary social code then . . . well, the only thing I can think of is that episode of MASH where the racist soldier refuses a blood transfusion from a negro. Or maybe the fact that even in the concentration camps the Jews stood in line politely. Good luck with that.